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President For A Day

Have you thought about what it would be like to be the president of Widener University?

The Widener President for a Day program takes the university’s emphasis on experiential learning and leadership development all the way to the top. Each year, one student earns the opportunity to serve as president for a day, experiencing the leadership skills needed to lead a metropolitan university. As an added twist, not only does the student serve as president for a day, but President Julie E. Wollman becomes a student for a day, attending the student’s classes and reporting to any work-study jobs or extracurricular activities the student may be involved in.

All Widener University juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply!

The 2017 President for a Day was Michael Brant, a senior computer science major. As President for a Day, Brant had the opportunity to take action on his platform. During his day, Brant attended numerous meetings with Widener administration to discuss his ideas and learn more about the different areas of the university. He even met with a potential donor and reviewed capital projects on campus.

Michael BrantMichael Brant, 2017 President for a Day

“The computer science department is doing amazing work," said Brant. "I'm excited that Dr. Wollman had a chance to have an up-close and personal look at what we are working on this year.

As president, every conversation I had was so engaging. I was really inspired by everyone I met. I only have 38 more days as a Widener student and I have a lot I still want to do."


Dr. Julie E. WollmanDr. Julie E. Wollman

"It was a stimulating and fun day," President Wollman said. "Michael is involved in so many activities in the classroom and beyond. Assuming his role for the day provided me with a valuable look into the lives of our students. It is important to me that Widener provide a consistently excellent student experience.

I know when Michael graduates and begins his career, he will be an outstanding example of the skilled and thoughtful leaders Widener develops."

View more photos of the day.